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Melbourne event calendar

Event calendar for Melbourne

January

  • usually warm (25-30degC max) but may be hot (35-42 degC) or cool (18-21degC max)
  • consider getting away from oppressive heat by:
    • beach holidays in Otways or SE coast - but tend to be over-crowded & need to book early even for camping sites
    • get away to alpine resorts (eg. Mt Buller) for relaxing bushwalks & spa, etc away from the crowds
    • drive to Dandenongs for day trip
    • holiday in Tasmania - peak season and still can be quite hot
  • twilight music at the zoo every Fri-Sun evening until 2nd week March
  • Moonlight Cinema in the Botanic Gardens in Summer
  • Australian Open Tennis
  • Australia Day celebrations:

regional festivals

February

  • usually the hottest month
  • hot, northerly winds risk dust storms and bushfires in Victoria
  • great for beach holidays in Otways as kids now back at school, but still not great waves for surfing
  • Melbourne International Music & Blues Festival:
    • banks of Yarra & Melb. Exhibition Centre
    • Myer Music Bowl free concerts by Melb. Symphony Orchestra
  • Twilight music at the Zoo every Fri-Sun evening until 2nd week March
  • Chinese New Year celebrations
  • Melbourne White Night - all night festival - Feb 22nd 2014
  • biennial Australian International Airshow - Avalon (en route to Geelong) - avoid travelling to Otways this weekend
  • Sand sculpting workshops & competition - Rye Beach end Feb-1st week March

regional festivals:

  • Drouin Ficifolia Festival 1st 2 wks Feb (Gippsland)
  • Warrnambool Wunta festival
  • Hanging Rock Harvest Picnic - last Sunday in Feb?
  • Echuca - Riverboats, Jazz, Food & Wine Festival
  • West Gippsland - Hot Sauce & Fiery Foods Festival - Redback Chilli Co, Jindivick

March:

  • often hot enough for beach, but now waves improving and thus better for surfing
  • Labour Day weekend:
  • Caravan and camping show at Exhibition Centre
  • Melbourne International Fashion Week
  • Circa Nocturna - Melbourne Alternative Fashion Show
  • Triathlon and mini-triathlon St Kilda on the Sunday after Labour Day
  • Great Melbourne Bike Ride ph: 1800 616 600
  • Melbourne International Comedy Festival
  • AFL football season starts late March
  • Melbourne Food & Wine Festival:
    • last week March - 2nd week April
    • must book early eg. 1st week Feb - see RACV
    • World's longest lunch - 1000-seat 3 course meal at Docklands, etc

regional festivals:

  • Ballarat Begonia Festival - 1st 2wks March
  • Inverloch Jazz Festival
  • Yackandandah Folk Festival

April

  • cold nights usually mean the end to solar heated swimming pool use in Victoria unless “Indian summer”
  • slow moving High pressure systems tend to be remain centred over Melbourne causing:
  • Melbourne to have its least windy month, with mild sunny days (max. 18-22degC) and cold mornings (2-5degC) with fog/smog
  • NB. unstable moist weather on NSW/Qld coast with cool SE winds bringing rain
  • great weather for:
    • drives to Dandenongs or NE Victoria for autumn scenery
    • camping
    • bush-walking trips
    • golf - eg. along the Murray River (warmer weather) such as Echuca and Surrounds
    • surfing with wet suit - great waves, but cool weather & water becoming colder
  • Easter:
    • last weekend for lifesaver patrolled surf beaches in Victoria
    • Bell's Beach world surfing championship
  • Melbourne International Comedy Festival
  • Anzac Day holiday (25th)

May

  • as for April but becoming cooler during the day
  • Victoria starts to get green again
  • don't forget Mother's Day
  • consider romantic, or just relaxing getaways with log fires & spas
  • Choral@Montsalvat

June

  • shortest day of year, start of the cold months (max. 12-18degC)
  • Queen's Birthday holiday
  • 1st snows in Vic Alps (usually) good for tourist drives but may not be enough for ski-ing
  • ensure you maximise end of year tax deductions such as purchase of tax deductible items or pre-pay interest on loans

July

August

September

  • windy, cloudy month, but generally green countryside and good for waterfalls & bushwalks
  • consider going:
    • tropics for holidays as for August as even Gold Coast ocean water now a bit too cool
    • Grampians for its Spring wild flowers
    • Dandenong Ranges for its tulips
    • snow season in Alps - Snow Bookings
  • Spring Fashion

regional:

  • Trout Rivers Trout Country Festival on the Goulburn River
  • World Cup Aerials Mt Buller
  • Great Australian Vanilla Slice Triumph - Ouyen
  • Echuca Winery Wander

October

regional

  • Cobden Spring Festival
  • Horsham Spring Garden Festival
  • Mildura Jazz, Food & Wine Festival
  • Food & Wine Festival Seymour
  • Wangaratta Jazz Festival

November

  • weather starts to warm up, some beach days
  • solar heated pools may get warm enough for a swim if several consecutive days of sun
  • one day and international test cricket season starts in Australia
  • Spring horse racing festival:
    • Derby Day - Saturday before Melb. Cup
    • Melbourne Cup - 1st Tuesday of Nov.
    • Oak's Day - ladies day - Thursday after Melb. Cup
  • 5-8th Nov 2009: Croatian Film Festival ACMI cinemas Fed Square.
  • late Nov:

regional:

December

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australia/melbourne_events.txt · Last modified: 2013/12/04 08:29 by gary1